May 28th, 2008
05:38 PM ET
14 years ago

Paterson says Clinton frustrated, not desperate

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/28/art.paterson.gi.jpg caption=" Paterson backtracked from his comments last week describing Clinton as desperate."] (CNN) - Hillary Clinton supporter and New York Gov. David Paterson appeared to backtrack Wednesday from his comments last week suggesting the New York senator's latest actions on the campaign trail showed signs of "desperation."

Speaking on a New York radio station Wednesday, Paterson said "desperation" was probably not the correct word to attribute to the New York senator.

"I think a better word would have been 'frustration,'" Paterson said Monday on Talk 1300. (Listen to the interview here.) "The frustration was that the senator had won votes in Florida and Michigan and would like to have those delegates. Certainly in Florida, I think there is a very good argument with that."

"I still believe that number one, she is the best person suited for the presidency and number two, she is the most likely to defeat John McCain," he also said.

Paterson's original comments came Thursday, when he appeared to express disagreement with Clinton over her continued push to get the full delegations of both states seated.

"I would say at this point we're starting to see a little desperation on the part of the woman who I support and I'll support until whatever time she makes a different determination," Paterson said then.

Paterson, a Democratic superdelegate, also said then he disagreed with the party's initial decision to penalize the states, but added he thought the party should now "leave it where it is."

Clinton won both states' primaries, though Barack Obama removed his name from the ballot in Michigan. Clinton uses popular vote totals from both Florida in Michigan in her claim that she is beating the Illinois senator in the overall popular vote. The Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee is slated to meet Saturday to determine if and how it will seat the two state's delegations at the party’s nominating convention this summer.


Filed under: David Paterson • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (759 Responses)
  1. Enlightned Voter - Obama all the way

    That means bill clinton got to him.

    May 28, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. Change Express , Kissimmee, FL

    Booooo....He should have just stick to what he originally said. " DESPERATION".

    May 28, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. Reality Check

    Hillary "The inevitable loser" will do anything to change a story. Her leadership style is either yes madam or no other way.

    May 28, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. Kemic - Houston, Texas

    For all you Clinton supporters who echo her ridiculous rhetoric that Obama cannot carry swing sates in the general election, do me a favor. Since Obama WILL be the democratic nominee, make sure you vote democrat and not against your own values, interests and children.

    OBAMA '08

    May 28, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. JC

    That's it, she sound frustated and looks desperate.

    May 28, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. martin

    then i take back all the nice things i said about you.

    May 28, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. William, Ca.

    He's lucky, he's still in office..............................What does he know!

    May 28, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. aliou FL

    You spoke your mind man, now you have been coached to say what you are saying to save your but

    May 28, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. carolflowery

    well, at least someone is willing to admit she is the candidate to beat McCain, and that my friends is the truth

    May 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. Chidi

    Whichever word he chooses, she will be disgraced out for all her actions and comments. HRC is just behaving as US presidency is her ABSOLUTE right.

    May 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. Thompson

    I get it!!! You are afraid that "WHEN" she loses the nomination she will come hunting for your job as the gov. of New York. Chicken....

    May 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. elyce Ellington

    How about this Clinton?
    We can't count any of the states that chose Obama over you...because they obviously are not worth counting...like cacus states.
    We count the state where Obama was not on the ballot, because you won that one.
    We discount the delegate system that has him winning. You keep the delegates that originally chose you by twisting the knife in their backs.

    That way you win.

    Oh wait a minute, that's not legal in this country because we are/were a democracy.

    Sorry Hilary, you are not a queen waiting to be crowned. And voters are not choosing you in the real world where rules and ALL the actual voters count.

    May 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. Claudia

    She is desparate, grapsping for straws. And, I don't think anyone tought her how to count.

    She is still 200+ delegates from the goal post, whereas Obama needs 48 delegates.

    Very strange behavior if you ask me.

    May 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Matt

    Hillary is desperate! and selffish!

    OBAMA 08

    May 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. Drew, Central FL

    With all due respect to Gov. David Paterson, America can see that there is plenty of fustration AND desperation in Hillary and her campaign. She simply cannot undo all the things that have become part of the public record.

    Where would her campaign be now if more of her supporters were aware of Peter Paul v. Clinton?

    I seriously doubt she would've garnered as much support if folks knew about Clinton election fraud.

    May 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Patterson should apologize and should know better. Can't imagine how he would feel and the flack that Senator Clinton would have to take if she had said this of Patterson. Senator Clinton is so far superior to Obama and so much more qualified and experienced that she should stay in and Fight for the Nomination at All Costs. Obama does NOT deserve the nomination and Senator Clinton does. Her sorry fellow male Senators should have endorsed her, and we would not have this mess. She also has a Right to stay in the Campaign as Long as She Wants to Stay in the Campaign. Afterall, the Nomination was supposed to be Senator Clinton's. Whoever drug Obama into this campaign should have his head examined. Guess that would be Kennedy?

    May 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. aliou FL

    Are you kidding me?
    The woman is crazy desperate.

    May 28, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. Peter, DC transplant

    Desperate, frustrated, humiliated, betrayed, call it what you will. But rather than bicker over what we should call it, we should instead look at the consequences of Hillary Clinton's behavior. She is digging in her heels against her own party, fueling anger and widening fissures in the democratic base, twisting the facts to support her case, and attempting to changes the rules of the game because they didn't swing her way. What kind of insanity does it take to say your winning, when you're actually losing? And what kind of politician does it take to spew "every vote must count, all americans are equal" when talking about states that violated party rules and demographics that support you, and selectively ignore the 12-some states that have caucuses or large populations of educated/black voters? And now she's saying she won't compromise on seating the FL and MI delegates? AND YOU WANT THIS WOMAN TO BE PRESIDENT?!?!? Her policies are different, but she's got more in common with Bush than McCain does. Wake up, America, Clinton IS NOT WHAT WE WANT IN A PRESIDENT.

    May 28, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. kingsley

    This is starting to become scary. It soundz loke a mob job going on. Whenever Bill speaks out every politician gets shook.

    Did any one threaten the governor? He said what he meant and now he is rejecting and re wording. what type of leaders do we have?

    its realy scary whats going on behind close doors. but they better not even think about it. The headlines here on this site are throwing a lot of hints, like the eclection is going to be stolen for hillary.

    May 28, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. David D Kollie

    Mis-speaking is nothing strange to Hillary and her supporters any way. Let Paterson back track. Most of all Hillary is the winner because the Demoncratic Party keeps pandering her.

    May 28, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Venus

    You said it right the first time! And after this week ---- she won't be in the news anymore! Thank God!

    Go Bam!

    May 28, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  22. Alex

    No, Paterson had it right the first time.

    May 28, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. chris

    send clinton to Iraq

    May 28, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. KHAL Houston, Texas

    America the Beautiful......man this girl gotta have it! The Clintons...man 'o man....can't they take the $100 million..and leave town....for good.

    May 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. robert g

    Hillary remains the BEST American for the job as our president!

    May 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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